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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Sep 13, 2010 8:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's Best Tours?

I consider the 15 show run between 11/12/72 and 12/31/72 to be the peak "tour" for the band,that would be the 10 southwest shows in Nov. and the 5 Cal. shows in December.During this run the band produced 10 brilliant versions of PITB,11/15 and 11/18 which I consider all-time versions,2 classic Dark Stars 11/26 and 12/11 and 3 classic Other Ones with 12/10 being an all-timer.The rest of their catalog was well represented with by my count 40 really well played songs.Weir's country songs were consistently smokin' and this seemed to be the high point for B.T. Wind.They turned in 4 fine versions of He's Gone and 4 nice Bird Songs.On 12/15 after Truckin' they do a really interesting,top flight 14 minute jam into Dark Star.To my ear the band were never sharper than this run,and never sounded quite as spacey again.